Ryan McLouth is an adjunct professor of guitar, bass, and improvisation at Central Methodist University, as well as the Assistant Director for the Center for Faith and Service. He has studied with many world class musicians during his career. Originally from central Missouri, he holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist University, a Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Missouri-Columbia, focusing on music education, music theory, and guitar.
As a classical guitar student, McLouth spent the bulk of his studies with Douglas Niedt (UMKC) and Anthony Glise (MU). He has taken part in master classes and studied with classical guitar legends Christopher Parkening, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Assad brothers, Bill Kanengiser, Petar Jankovic and others. He has also studied with jazz greats Bobby Watson, Arthur White, Paul McKee, Fred Hamilton, Joe Lee, Bram Wijnands, and Rod Fleeman.
McLouth has been playing music professionally for over fifteen years. Some of his performance highlights include leading worship for thousands on praise and worship teams, sharing the stage with big names like country music legend Joe Diffie, modern rock group Los Lonely Boys, worship artist Wayne Kerr, and jazz great Bobby Watson, as well as participating actively in the music scene of the Midwest.
McLouth is a regular worship music columnist for The Missouri Methodists magazine.